Stretch of Route 1 will be closed all weekend for SEPTA bridge work

Mike DeNardo
February 08, 2019 - 4:00 am

Dreamstime

Categories: 

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Starting Friday night, a one-mile stretch of Route 1 in Delaware County is closing for the entire weekend to allow for SEPTA bridge work.  

Delaware County drivers are going to be detoured.  

Between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday, Route One in Middletown Township will be closed between Valley Road and Red Roof Drive so SEPTA crews can remove a rail bridge.

"What we're basically doing is removing that span. We're going to take out the abutments, that's the concrete that holds the bridge up. Then later in the year, we're going to replace the abutments and then put that bridge right back," said SEPTA spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee.

She says it's part of the ongoing $178 million project to restore regional rail service between the Elwyn and Wawa stations. 

When Route 1 reopens on Monday, only one lane will be available in each direction for the next nine months while those abutments are rebuilt.

Showell-Lee says when the bridge over Route 1 is finished, the available clearance for drivers will be higher and wider.

SEPTA's bus Route 111 will also be detoured this weekend during the bridge removal.